The primary focus of DSA Friends Foundation outreach programming is the DSA-Ashley Partnership, which was developed in the fall of 2014. Ashley Elementary is a Denver Public School located 3 blocks from DSA with 91% students of color and 95% qualifying for Free and Reduced Lunch. DSA has been affiliated with Ashley in recent years, but the DSA-Ashley Partnership now provides a structured, ongoing relationship that is beneficial to both schools. The key elements of the DSA-Ashley Partnership include:
The DSA Summer of Arts Program operates in partnership with Scholars Unlimited and provides a free 6-week summer arts program for Ashley students entering grades 3-5. Professional artists work as teachers and DSA alumni serve as Teacher Assistants. The program offers two-week sessions in Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts and Vocal Music with a performance for family and friends at the end of each session.
The Arts After-School Program
The Arts After-School Program is run by DSA students from 7 different majors who teach their art form to Ashley students 2-3 afternoons per week throughout the school year. Classes are offered in Theatre, Band, Guitar, Vocal Music, Visual Arts, Video Cinema, and Creative Writing. Outside funding for this program has provided musical instruments, video equipment, and other necessary arts supplies.
Other Arts Experiences
Ashley students are also involved with DSA through attending DSA dress rehearsals and performances, master classes, and other events during the year. The DSA-Ashley Puppet Show Project was an example of a master class that involved DSA Creative Writing and Stagecraft majors teaching a class of Ashley 4th graders how to create and perform a puppet show. Think 360 Arts funded the 6-week series of classes.
This partnership maximizes impact by providing consistent arts education and contact with DSA throughout the year, allowing a strong relationship to develop between the two schools and inspiring many Ashley students to audition for DSA.
The DSA SOS (Support Our Students) Fund was established in the fall of 2014 to ensure that all DSA students experience success and are not limited by financial resources. This fund provides assistance with DSA-related expenses such as lessons, art supplies, performance attire, tutoring, and more. Learn more!